News Articles From October 2016

This Living Wage Week, we must fight for the real living wage

This week marks Living Wage Week, a time each year to talk about making work pay, while remembering that millions of people in our country still work for poverty wages. They may have been sat next to you on the … More…

Inverclyde signs up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

Health and social care partnership commits to achieving fair work, better pay and improved quality of care on eve of Living Wage Week Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership has become one of the first in Scotland to sign up … More…

Dave Prentis calls for full transparency on EU negotiations

General secretary will urge the government to consult trade unions throughout negotiations to leave the European Union when he meets cabinet minister David Davis UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will urge the government to consult trade unions throughout negotiations to … More…

‘£350m for the NHS’ swayed disabled voters in EU referendum

Research by the Papworth Trust reveals how propaganda about the NHS swayed disabled voters who didn’t know how many of their protections were form the EU The suggestion that the UK could spend the money it sends to Brussels on … More…

New living wage rates announced

UNISON welcomes increase to £8.45 (outside London) and £9.75 (London) an hour at start of Living Wage Week UNISON has welcomed the new living wage rates, anounced simultaneously in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Manchester this morning. They new rates are: … More…

‘Ill-informed’ response to disability inquiry highlighted

Guest speaker to disabled members’ conference explains the work of a House of Lords committee looking at the Equality Act The UK government’s response to a House of Lords committee on the Equality Act was “ill-informed”, leaving the committee “disappointed”. That was … More…

Employers failing to offer reasonable adjustments

Some managers don’t understand reasonable adjustments, but others are using disability as an excuse to get rid of staff, say delegates It was time for Halloween horror stories at UNISON’s disabled members’ conference this afternoon, as delegate after delegate revealed … More…

‘I’ll only be a minute’ – disabled members discuss transport

Experiences range from disabled parking spaces being blocked to being denied access to a bus because drivers won’t insist buggies are folded up ‘I’ll only be a minute’ – delegates at UNISON’s disabled members’ conference shared experiences of how able-bodied … More…

Vice president tells conference of the challenges ahead

Political challenges lie ahead from a government still wedded to ‘failed austerity’ policies, vice president warns disabled members’ conference The future will be difficult, as the government sticks with “the same failed austerity agenda”, reveals its lack of a plan … More…

Disabled members’ conference backs action against bullying

Brighton conference opens with delegates debating a raft of motions that reveal how members face bullying and harassment in many guises UNISON members are being bullied, harassed and attacked from all sides because of their disabilities, delegates to the union’s … More…